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Can a Naturopath Help?

Can Naturopathic Medicine Help My Conditions?

Wondering what conditions I can help you with? With over 20 years of experience, I have encountered almost everything.  Often the most challenging cases are the ones that end up in my office. This is because all of the other medical options didn’t work, or conventional medical treatment has nothing to offer or the treatment is unsatisfactory.

There are no limitations to the health problems that naturopathic medicine can help you with.  You can see me as a naturopath either as a stand-alone treatment or together with your conventional medical care.

For more details on the naturopathic treatment approach that I use, and research supporting naturopathic medicine, click on the condition links below.  Conditions that are not listed can be treated as well.  

Conditions That I Commonly Treat (There Are Many Others)

Abnormal PAPs

An abnormal PAP may show ASCUS, cervical dysplasia, LSIL, HSIL, CIN I, II, or III. Naturopathic treatment helps you to fight the HPV virus, boost your immune system, and heal your cervix.

Acne

Face, back or chest acne in teens or adults improves with a naturopath’s treatment.  Balancing your hormones through the proper use of diet, herbs, vitamins, and minerals clears your skin by dealing with the root cause.

Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis is a sister condition to endometriosis.  In this case, uterine lining tissue is in the muscular walls of the uterus.  Treating the root cause of adenomyosis or endometriosis means correcting estrogen dominance.

Adrenal Fatigue

Low energy can be due to sluggish adrenal gland function, more accurately known as HPA axis dysfunction.  Stress depletes vitamins, minerals, and other key nutrients that are needed for optimal adrenal gland function. Replenishing specific nutrients helps to restore healthy adrenal and pituitary gland function.

Anxiety

Whether you feel anxiety as constant worry or high stress, including panic attacks, natural medicine treatment helps. There are many possible causes of anxiety, such as neurotransmitter imbalance, hormone imbalance, HPA axis dysfunction, and an overactive thyroid.  I will help you identify through testing and treat the root cause of each of these.

Bacterial Vaginosis (BV)

BV is an overgrowth of a bacteria known as Gardnerella vaginalis.  Natural remedies can kill off Gardnerella, and restore healthy probiotic bacteria to protect the vagina from recurrence. Maintaining a healthy hormone balance creates a vaginal environment that doesn’t allow Gardnerella overgrowth.

Cervical Dysplasia

Dysplasia means that abnormal cells were found on your cervix on a PAP smear.  As a naturopathic doctor, I help to kill the HPV virus, boost your immune function, and promote a healthy cervix.

Cervicitis

Cervicitis means inflammation of your cervix.  Inflammation can be due to food sensitivities, infection, allergic reaction to condoms, hormone imbalance, etc.  Finding the source of the irritation is the key to reducing cervicitis.

Dysmenorrhea

Dysmenorrhea means painful periods.  Although painful periods are common, it is not a normal occurrence and often indicates a hormone imbalance. As a naturopath, I will help you to address and correct that imbalance, which will do wonders for your overall health and well-being.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis means painful periods due to uterine lining cells that are in your abdominal cavity.  These cells respond to estrogen fluctuations and can cause pain at any point in the menstrual cycle.  Like adenomyosis, rebalancing your hormones eases endometriosis pain and improves your fertility.

Fatigue

Tiredness, fatigue, exhaustion and low energy may be due to lack of sleep, iron deficiency, low thyroid function, HPA axis dysfunction and food sensitivities.  Finding the root cause of fatigue is half the battle, then as a naturopathic doctor, I will help you tackle it.

Fertility

Whether you are trying to enhance your overall fertility or treat problems with infertility due to endometriosis, PCOS, age-related, or unexplained, I can help.  I have had many women conceive entirely naturally after being told that they couldn’t.  Treating the root cause of fertility problems works. Acupuncture for fertility also helps.

Fibroids

Fibroids are uterine growths that cause heavy bleeding, infertility, and iron deficiency.  Depending on the size (under 4 cm is best), natural medicine successfully shrinks fibroids.  Larger fibroids may need surgery, but in that case, you should still see me to prevent the recurrence of fibroids after the surgery.

Friable Cervix

A friable cervix is an easily irritated cervix that can bleed.  Removing the source of the irritation, like infection, food sensitivities, and hormone imbalances, helps.  Also, vitamins and herbs help your cervix to heal.

Hair Loss

Hair loss can be due to low thyroid, low iron, PCOS, androgenic alopecia, telogen effluvium, alopecia areata, or alopecia totalis.  In any case, natural medicine has many options to stop hair loss and in many cases can restore your hair.

Heavy Periods

Heavy periods are caused by hormone imbalance, fibroids, polyps, endometrial hyperplasia, and perimenopause. I can treat your hormone imbalance naturally, to get at the root of all of these concerns.

Hypothyroid

An underactive thyroid leads to a sluggish metabolism, weight gain, hair loss, feeling lethargic, and cold.  Even with thyroid medication, the symptoms don’t always improve until you restore healthy thyroid function and reduce thyroid antibodies that may be damaging your thyroid.  I also improve how well your body uses your thyroid hormone.

Infertility

Your infertility can improve through my natural treatment, regardless of the cause.  Possible causes of infertility include PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, unexplained infertility, age-related, and hormone imbalance.  I’ve helped hundreds of women conceive naturally.  Even ones who were told that their chances were less than 1%!

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

IBS is a catch-all diagnosis that means that you may be experiencing bowel symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, loose stools, bloating, gas, nausea, vomiting, and heartburn.  It doesn’t explain why you are having these symptoms. Without knowing why you can’t address the cause and fix the problem.  I have many tools and tests to unearth the cause and treat the root cause of IBS.

IVF and IUI Support

Acupuncture, acupuncture for fertility, nutrition, and herbal support improve the success of IVF and IUI.  IVF is a big investment, naturopathic treatment increases your chances of success.

Menopause 

Hot flashes, night sweats, mood changes, anxiety, depression, fatigue, and poor sleep are all symptoms of menopause.  These symptoms can affect your quality of life.  I have non-hormonal options to relieve menopause symptoms and fight aging naturally.

Painful Periods 

Dysmenorrhea or period pain is usually a sign of hormone imbalance. I regularly help women achieve healthy hormone balance naturally through natural treatments like diet, lifestyle, vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other natural supplements.

PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome)

The symptoms of PCOS include acne, hair loss, irregular periods, infertility, excessive facial or body hair, weight gain. While the symptoms that women experience are similar, the cause of PCOS varies from one woman to another. About 60% of the time, there is high testosterone and insulin resistance. The remaining 40% of women will have cysts on their ovaries due to high prolactin, hypothyroidism, or HPA axis dysfunction. A full understanding of your specific hormonal imbalance helps me to provide the correct naturopathic treatment.

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

PMS symptoms include anger, irritability, sadness, feeling emotional, mood swings, headaches, breast tenderness, and migraines.  I can stop the emotional havoc that happens before your period.  We’ll work to balance your hormones and support the healthy production and use of your “feel-good” neurotransmitters, like serotonin.

Spotting

Spotting, also called breakthrough bleeding, is light, abnormal bleeding that occurs outside of a period.   The main cause of spotting is hormone imbalance. Correcting the hormonal imbalance that is the root cause of spotting provides significant overall health and wellness benefits.

Vaginal dryness

Vaginal dryness is a common problem around menopause, but it can also occur with the use of low dose birth control pills. As a naturopath, I balance hormones, even after menopause, heal the vaginal tissue, and treat secondary infections that cause vaginal dryness.

Vaginitis 

Vaginitis is irritation and inflammation of your vagina.  It can be due to contact dermatitis, yeast, or bacterial overgrowth, also known as cytolytic vaginosis.  With naturopathic treatment, I’ll look at the source of your vaginal irritation, whether it’s hormonal, infectious, or allergic.

Weight Loss

My weight management program helps people lose weight, or maintain normal body weight.  Healthy weight loss requires a lifestyle change to embrace a healthy diet and exercise.  In addition, you need all of your organ systems, like your thyroid, to be running optimally.

Yeast Infections

We can clear Candida overgrowth whether it is in your vagina, your digestive tract or more systemically.  Candida albicans is a particular strain of yeast that is often responsible for vaginal yeast infections.  A one-off infection isn’t unusual, but yeast infections shouldn’t keep coming back.  If they do, the weakness that allows yeast to thrive in your system needs to be fixed to say goodbye to yeast for good.

Authored by Dr Pamela Frank, BSc, ND

Don’t see your condition on this list?  You can always email to ask if I have had success in treating it.  Email: PFrankND@ForcesofNature.caBook an appointment here or call the clinic for more information at 416-481-0222. Not in Toronto? That’s ok, so long as you are in Ontario, I can provide virtual naturopathic treatment.

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